EPA Sends SAFE Rule to OMB as Senators Urge Automakers to Join California Agreement

Date: August 13, 2019

On Aug 2, the EPA delivered to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) their final draft of the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks. The OMB will need to review the rule before release.

The new SAFE rule is designed to replace the Obama-era CAFÉ/GHG standards. The EPA, along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) originally released their SAFE rule in late 2018.

Four days later, thirty senators, led by Sen Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) sent a letter to 14 automakers, urging them to join a consensus made between California and four other automakers. Ford, BMW, Volkswagen and Honda made an agreement with the state last month to maintain their stablished fuel efficiency standards.

“In the absence of an agreement between the Federal government and states,” the letter states, “the California agreement is a commonsense framework that provides flexibility to the industry to meet tailpipe standards while also taking important steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money on fuel for consumers.”

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